15.6″ Touch Dell Inspiron i5558-2859BLK via Amazon
Dell Inspiron i5558-2859BLK is a modern 15.6 Inch touchscreen laptop with very current specs such as the March 2015 release fifth generation dual core Intel i3-5015U at 2.1GHz processor (3M Cache) without turbo boost but hyperthreading (2 cores and 4 threads), 8 GB (4GBx2) DDR3L SDRAM at 1600MHz, 1 TB HDD storage at 5400 rpm rotating speed and the usual 64-bit Windows 10 operating system that starts up quite fast and with new features like Cortana digital personal assistant, Microsoft Edge browser and Win7-like start screen. Broadwell i3-5015U with a current Passmark score of 3173 will help load web pages faster, run apps and complicated software efficiently without lagging thanks to also the generous amount of memory. Removable 40 WHr, 4-Cell lithium ion battery lasts quite some time in between charges as this is a low 15 watt TDP processor along with good management of power. Screen is a standard high definition 15.6 inch Truelife LED display with a regular 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and Intel HD graphics will be good for handling regular media tasks like surfing media rich pages and you have the studio quality crisp sound with Waves MaxxAudio. This is not a gaming machine as it doesn’t include a dedicated NVIDIA card but the Intel HD 5500 that performs better than both HD 4400 and 5000 but will still let you play the current and demanding games at lower settings.
Solid plastic black glossy Dell Inspiron has a stylish appearance, weighs 5.4 pounds which is like the average (it is not lightweight but has a pretty solid build) as the touch display adds a little to the weight and measures 10.25 x 14.90 x 0.95 inches- has a fairly slim chassis. It includes a tray load optical DVD drive for writing and reading to both CD and DVD, the latest long range 802.11ac wireless for faster connection and extended coverage so you can use the internet anywhere in your home, Bluetooth 4.0 tied to the WiFi card, 2 x standard USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 3-in-1 Media Card Reader and an HDMI output. It has a standard ergonomic English non-backlit keyboard with a 10 digit numeric pad and a responsive large precision touchpad so you can comfortably point, scroll and zoom through your Windows 10 apps and content but because it is big, your hand may touch it while typing too. And if you’d like a backlit keyboard and touchpad then you may go for the i5 or i7 models you will find on the same Amazon product page. You’ll find some software pre-installed including the 30 day trial of McAfee and Microsoft Office which you may continue to use after the expiry. It has the touch display, fifth generation modern processor, 8GB memory, generous storage, stays cool and runs quietly, decent connectivity options but it is not Full HD with IPS panel display, no dedicated graphics but this is a good computer for multimedia, school and office for the price.